Tuggle ends recruiting and commits to KSU

Playing for one of the top JUCO programs in the country, Blinn QB Justin Tuggle (6-3, 225) had the chance to really thrust himself on the national scene if he waited and made the most of the recruiting process. However, he decided to commit to Kansas State over the weekend after seeing Manhattan, Kansas and sitting down with Wilcats head coach Bill Snyder...

"Yep, I committed to Kansas State on Sunday," a happy Tuggle told JCFootball.com. "I committed on the last day of my official visit there over the weekend.

"I just loved everything about my visit. I saw the campus and the facilities and met with the players and the coaches and they all made me feel right at home.

"I had already been through the process before, so I didn't need to go all the way through it like before and I knew a little better what I was looking for and Kansas State had it all."

Tuggle didn't have any other offers, but was getting heavy interest from Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Virginia, Toledo and Ohio.

Tuggle, who is a dual-threat quarterback, has thrown for over 650 yards and eight touchdowns, along with six interceptions, and rushed for 220 yards and seven touchdowns through four games for the Bucs and said he feels the KSU offense is a perfect fit for his skills.

"They like to use their quarterback as a threat with his legs as well as his arm," Tuggle said. "They have a great running attack and are bringing in some really talented wide receivers, so it will be fun seeing what I can do in that system."

Tuggle is the son of Jesse Tuggle, who enjoyed a 14-year career with the Atlanta Falcons including five Pro Bowls, and signed with Boston College after a standout career at Northview High School in Georgia.

However, a coaching change led to him transferring to get a fresh start and he ended up following in friend Cam Newton's footsteps as the current Auburn signal-caller lit up the JUCO ranks before signing with the Tigers.

"Cam and I knew each other really well from recruiting and being in the same circles," Tuggle said. "He gave me a lot of advice on things and helped me choose Blinn as a place that I could enjoy myself, get my degree and get a chance to play D-1 football again."

Tuggle will sign with Kansas State in December and he'll have two years to play two once he steps on campus.

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